Categories & Tags: State Policy

NC Supreme Court a 'virtual sinkhole' for environmental law, and it could get worse   |   October 23, 2014
The North Carolina Supreme Court has racked up an "extraordinary record of hostility" to the environment in major cases it's considered over the past 15 years -- and...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Texas voter ID law heads to the Supreme Court   |   October 17, 2014
Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act last year that Texas began enforcing one of the nation's strictest voter ID laws: 2...

 

With public financing's demise, special-interest money pours into NC court races   |   October 17, 2014
When the North Carolina legislature struck down the state's popular judicial public financing program last year, it also raised the amount one can donate to judicial campaigns...

 

NC regulators agree to hear case for fracking air pollution rules   |   October 16, 2014
The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission, the group charged with crafting state regulations for oil and gas drilling, has agreed to consider an environmental advocacy group...

 

Charter school power broker turns public education into private profits   |   October 15, 2014
By Marian Wang, ProPublica In late February, the North Carolina chapter of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation -- a group co-founded by the libertarian billionaire Koch...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Progress and resistance on Southern marriage equality   |   October 10, 2014
Number of states where marriage equality is now the law after the U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to review lower-court decisions invalidating same-sex marriage bans in...

 

In Supreme Control: What do justices owe voters in exchange for taking their cash?   |   October 9, 2014
By Sharon McCloskey, NC Policy Watch By all accounts, the 2014 North Carolina Supreme Court race, with four of seven seats up for grabs, is destined for the record books. Already...

 

NC NAACP files complaint over state Senate leader's ad for misleading on voter ID   |   September 16, 2014
The North Carolina NAACP has filed a complaint with the state Board of Elections and the Guilford County district attorney against the campaign of N.C. Senate President Pro Tem...

 

Stop feeding the hand that bites us   |   September 12, 2014
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes When Volkswagen finally agreed to build its new SUV in Chattanooga, Tennessee politicians crowed over the promise of 2,000 new jobs. Union-...

 

NC 'monster' election law disenfranchised more than 450 primary voters, report finds   |   September 11, 2014
More than 450 North Carolina citizens whose votes would have counted in the 2012 election had their ballots rejected during this year's primary due to election law changes...

 

The Big Money for and against school vouchers in North Carolina   |   August 29, 2014
On Aug. 21, North Carolina Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood ruled that the state's private school voucher program is unconstitutional. The decision was a setback for a...

 

Read the fiery ruling striking down NC school voucher program   |   August 28, 2014
Last week a North Carolina judge struck down a law passed by the Republican-controlled legislature that sought to award taxpayer-funded vouchers to low-income families that want...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: North Carolina's weak new coal ash law draws protest   |   August 22, 2014
Date on which the North Carolina legislature overwhelmingly approved the Coal Ash Management Act, a response to a massive February spill from a shuttered Duke Energy power plant...

 

As public hearings begin on NC fracking rules, environmental groups offer appraisals   |   August 19, 2014
Beginning this week, residents of North Carolina will get a chance to speak their piece about the state's proposed fracking rules, and environmental advocacy groups are...

 

After loss in court, NC voting rights activists turn attention to mobilizing in the streets   |   August 12, 2014
Following a federal judge's decision last week to deny a request by the U.S. Department of Justice and civil rights groups to block North Carolina's restrictive new voting...

 

For youth, the South is hostile territory   |   August 11, 2014
Tuesday, Aug. 12 marks International Youth Day, created by the United Nations in 2000 to draw attention to issues affecting young people around the world. To mark the occasion,...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: How the GOP's Medicaid politics are hurting rural Southerners   |   August 1, 2014
Date on which Adam O'Neal, the Republican mayor of Belhaven, North Carolina, arrived in Washington, DC after walking 273 miles from his hometown to draw attention to the...

 

Voter ire over handling of Duke Energy coal ash disaster transcends party politics   |   July 28, 2014
Three-quarters of North Carolinians -- of all political affiliations -- don't think the state legislature has done enough to address Duke Energy's recent coal ash spill...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Letting Duke Energy off the hook for its coal ash mess   |   July 25, 2014
Date on which Duke Energy contractors finished their cleanup of coal ash left in the Dan River by a February spill from one of the company's dumps: 7/3/2014 Estimated tons of...

 

The South's child well-being crisis   |   July 22, 2014
A new report looks at the well-being of children by state and finds those living in Appalachia, the South, and the Southwest are facing especially difficult conditions that put...

 

North Carolina public gets a chance to weigh in on proposed fracking rules   |   July 16, 2014
North Carolina environmental regulators have opened the public comment period on proposed rules for fracking, a controversial drilling technique that involves injecting water,...

 

NC GOP mayor marches to DC to urge Medicaid expansion, prevention of 'medical deserts'   |   July 14, 2014
The Republican mayor of the small town of Belhaven, NC began a 273-mile walk to Washington, DC today to draw attention to the health care crisis threatening his rural coastal...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The fight over solar power's future in North Carolina   |   July 11, 2014
Date on which the N.C. Utilities Commission (NCUC) held a hearing to kick off the process of setting the rate Duke Energy pays for solar power: 7/7/2014 Percent by which Duke...

 

Black voter suppression in North Carolina: statewide numbers vs. local reality   |   July 7, 2014
Hearings began today in an action by civil rights groups to block North Carolina's restrictive new voting law from being enforced in the November election while its...

 

What does states' refusal to expand Medicaid mean for Southerners?   |   July 3, 2014
This week the White House Council of Economic Advisers released "Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid," a report examining...